By Regena Kowitz Navy Medicine West Public Affairs
When Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Ashley Raynor was headed home from work on Feb. 23, southboundon California’s Interstate 5 alongside the Pacific Ocean, the last thing she expected was to be one of the
first people to arrive at the scene of an accident. When traffic came to a sudden halt, Raynor saw a three-car collision just ahead. One car was severely damaged and facing oncoming traffic. Two other cars, while not as badly damaged, showed signs of being involved in the collision. Fortunately for the victims of the crash, Raynor wasn’t just any commuter headed home after a long day at work. She was a U.S. Navy hospital corpsman, and she was ready with the knowledge and skills to jump into action and provide aid to the injured. Not only was Raynor a corpsman, with advanced training as a dental technician, she was also an experienced basic life support (BLS) instructor, responsible for training other corpsmen, dentists, and doctors to teach these skills to others.